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The Fight Against Hunger and MalnutritionThe Role of Food, Agriculture, and Targeted Policies$
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David E. Sahn

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733201.001.0001

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The Internationalization of the Obesity Epidemic

The Internationalization of the Obesity Epidemic

The Case of Sugar-Sweetened Sodas

(p.89) 4 The Internationalization of the Obesity Epidemic
The Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition

Malden C. Nesheim

Marion Nestle

Oxford University Press

Since the early 1980s, the prevalence of obesity and overweight has increased in the United States to the point where about two-thirds of the US population can be classified as one or the other by the criterion of body mass index. Obesity is accompanied by significant health consequences, including an increased incidence of heart disease, some types of cancers, and Type 2 diabetes—conditions that are now increasing globally, not only in the industrialized nations of the world, but in areas where it coexists with segments of populations who are underweight and undernourished. This chapter examines the potential contribution of the marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages to the global trends in calorie intake and obesity and the efforts to export aspects of the US food system to the developing world.

Keywords:   obesity, overweight, sugar-sweetened beverages, Type 2 diabetes, calorie intake

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